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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1. It used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was well run 15+ yrs. ago. They paid well, benefits were good, and management was well liked and respected. The only pros as of 2012 was work schedule and location.

    Cons

    The company has moved most manufacturing jobs overseas or eliminated jobs from downsizing.
    There is very little capital invested maintaining durable goods.
    Management decisions were made to make money during the short term with no regard to long term consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to move HQ to either Asia or Europe since the American facilities have all but been closed down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Don't work here unless you're desperate

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good for an engineer, though slightly inferior to others on the channel. It's almost larceny that operators are paid >30% over market yet engineers don't despite not a huge difference in pay, especially when OT is offered to operators.

    Cons

    The silicon market for next two years (2012-2014) sucks so layoffs have occurred and will recur. They force the engineers to work out of trailers right next to the Operating facility which handles hydrogen and silane gas which are both explosive. Remember BP Texas City in 2005. The trailers are falling apart and very noisy and hot in summer. Huge safety issues with high injury rate in the last few years and large "we didn't invent it here" philosophy. Most engineers are H1-B so communications in English are very difficult and they are very careful to not ask too many questions. In other words, indentured servitude. Turnover is rampant like Taco Bell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of pretending to back new and creative ideas necessary for the plant service, i.e. lip service, be willing to take risks. Also, hire competent experienced engineers who know what the hell they're doing instead of green grunts who blunder through helplessly in a dangerous process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. MEMC is not a company to be

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Peters, MO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I don't have any nice thing to say about this company

    Cons

    Company culture is awfull especially the top management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Behind the curve all the way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Great folks to work with. Nice and quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream St. Louis work areas. Great pay if your a senior level executive.

    Cons

    IT has great people but no leadership. They have a great leader but they give him no power. Everyone can walk all over literally anyone in IT as they are treated like dirt. They don't spend a dime on IT. Projects are on and off again like changing your shoes. Same applies to IT budget/IT spend. Over a year to make a SharePoint decision. SAP decisions are a joke and not worth mentioning from the standpoint of executive leadership not having a clue and a half. Their SAP support people consist of six or seven people and literally support the world! They get no support, no thanks, are treated worst than, well, need I go further?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The MEMC CEO has got to go. He is completely missing the boat when it comes to IT. He won't be able to compete because he doesn't have a clue about the strategic or tactical nature that IT plays in moving the company forward. Stop cutting costs on IT. The new CFO also has no clue either. They're going to have to spend the money eventually. May as well do it right. The IT group needs to be elevated up in the food chain. Way up! Its a very poorly run company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Terrible, absolutely aweful. What a bad, bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Competitive pay and a non-downtown Location

    Cons

    Everything is bad. There is a non-existent work-life balance. Terrible office conditions. Moral is horrific. Complete lack of training and unreasonable expectations. This place is a sweat shop. If you read this, RUN!!! I wish I had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture and appreciate your employees by promoting a positive work-life balance and give them tools to succeed while setting attainable goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Stay away from MEMC

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sherman, TX

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    The actual employees, and generally first line supervisors, are all decent folks. Benefits (insurance, etc) were not too bad and the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    The regular shutdowns and forced PTO meant that it was crazy to go on vacation.

    There was a complete lack of growth opportunity at MEMC, other than perhaps for some of the engineers But overall things were so bad that nobody advanced, nobody's career grew, nobody learned anything.

    It boils down to total mismanagement by Nabeel and the upper management.

    MEMC is just a horrible place to work overall. STAY AWAY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job saving MEMC from bankruptcy, but don't you think it's time to ease up a bit?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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